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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
Action movies don't get much better than this. Wow, what a blast! I shall see tomorrow if The Raid 2 tops it! Great rewatch this was!
This was beyond awesome. Puts everything that has been called an action movie in the past few years to shame.
insane. instant classic. cgi blood was lame though
Leave brain at door - have super amazing times!
The plot to this film is less complex than many 8 bit video games. In fact, with the constant level progression in the film, it would translate very easily to that format. Or to a single page comic book. Or a tshirt. Or a hand towel. Or a tattoo. Or basically any medium you like, because it's a single sentence plot.
*Cops go into drug tower and must fight for their lives as they attempt to reach the kingpin on the top floor*
It's probably a more natural 2 sentences, but I've made my point. So if you want story, plot, character depth you're looking in the wrong place.
I wrote a 6 page analysis paper on this movie for a class, but I'm going to keep this review short.
This film exhibits an amazing martial arts style that hasn't been showcased in a film before and it is a movie that presents itself exactly as it is. A Non. Stop. Action film.
Never mind the weak plot/character development, just enjoy the visual show.
"It just fits"
There are a lot of things The Raid does rather well, but what stands out the most to me is that it does them with a budget of only $1.1 million. That's barely more than they spend on an Asylum feature, and this movie plays in an entirely different league. A lot of low budget movies require an interest in low budget filmmaking in order to appreciate, but not this. Anyone that goes in with appropriate genre expectations should have a fun time, if not find themselves adding it to their favorite movies.
The other thing that surprised me was the story. I had heard there wasn't much character development, so I went in expecting a dumb…
Prep fro 2 - Still bloody Awesome!
Written and directed by Gareth Evans this film stars Iko Uwais, Donny Alamsyah, Pierre Gruno and Ray Sahetapy. Police officers in a SWAT team launch a raid on a tower block run by a crime lord, everything goes bad.
If you are expecting any sort of story or character development you came to the wrong place as those are low on the concerns of the film makers here. What you get here is non stop action that is really well directed and has a frenetic pace to it. A film like this lives or dies on it's direction and the action is expertly handled here more than making up for the lack of plot or character.
Grande filme de ação. Diverte bastante com seu frenético ritmo e ótima direção. A montagem sem dúvida ajuda muito. Mas não mais do que as excelentes coreografias de lutas e todo o acabamento que esses embates recebem.
a decent action film that suffers only from a simple plot. It's an interesting film that despite a fairly generic action plot is not mind numbingly awful, like the expendables or something like that. the action is good, the fight sequences are well coordinated and look effective. The fighting is a martial arts style, it's a more realistic form of martial arts than something like crouching tiger hidden dragon, it works well. it's brilliantly gory, some quite brutal moments. Overall a good action film, it's something a little more intellectual than what I like to call the "michael bay" way of making a film that a lot of hollywood action films follow; maybe indonesia is less fond of the pyro maniac approach, either way it's a succesful action film that is straight forward and enjoyable
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